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Herb Dengler Wildflower Print Portfolio


A Tribute to Herb Dengler (1912 - 2002)
Photo of Herb Dengler These drawings and paintings of Herb's were originally posted here as a tribute to Herb on his 90th birthday, this past July. While we now mourn his passing, we present his artwork here in celebration of his life, his passion for nature, and his love of Jasper Ridge. We all miss you, Herb.

As part of a Portola Valley History book project, Nancy Lund, Tor Lund, and Rebecca Young scanned 25 of Herb Dengler's original paintings in 2002. These watercolors were all completed in the late 1980's and early 1990's, and display an attention to botanical and artistic detail that is truly amazing.
About Herb Dengler
For many, Herb Dengler was a link to the time before the dawn of Silicon Valley, when people marked their travel by the shape of the hills, not by freeway signs. A true native, he spent his ninety years walking the Santa Cruz Mountains, particularly Jasper Ridge and Portola Valley, coming to know all its inhabitants–butterflies, fishes, birds, trees, flowers, and people. He loved sharing his knowledge with family, friends, Stanford students, Jasper Ridge docents and visitors. He persistently sought to protect the wildlands while leaving a place for people within it.

He taught the first class of Jasper Ridge docents, helped found the Portola Valley Conservation Committee, and built many trails throughout the area, allowing easy access to the beauty around us. In 1997, the Palo Alto Senior Coordinating Council honored him as having lived a "Lifetime of Achievement." In 1999, he was the honoree at Portola Valley's annual celebration of community and open space, "Blues and Barbecue."

Herb's other great love was art. From an early age, he drew and painted butterflies, fish, birds, and wildflowers. This was during an era when biologists were expected to be competent artists. For many decades, Herb ran a framing and art gallery in Burlingame, later in Palo Alto. He was a well-known restorer of paintings and an expert in Western art.

Herb combined these two great loves in his home and in his own art and writings. For more than fifty years, he and his family lived among the redwoods along Sausal Creek in Portola Valley in a house full of beautiful paintings and prints. His articles and drawings on natural and local history were published in local papers, the Stanford magazine and Peninsula Open Space Trust's Landscapes.
Purchase Prints
The paintings in this collection of wildflower watercolors were done in the 1980s and 1990s from specimens gathered on Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. They are printed on an Iris printer in a limited edition of 250, each numbered and containing an engraved authentication.

All monies from the sale of the giclée reproductions, printed on acid free paper, benefit Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve or the Portola Valley Open Space Acquisition Fund.

Purchase prices are $90 each for 1-3 prints, $75 each for 4-23 prints, and $1,500 for a complete set of all 24 prints in an attractive acid-free portfolio. Please note that, of the 26 paintings featured on the site, two are not available as prints: Baby blue eyes (Nemophilia menziesii) and Fremont's lily (Zigadenus fremontii).

For more information or to order prints, contact Tor Lund, (650) 851-1072 or thelunds@ix.netcom.com.
 
Herb Dengler Wildflower Print Portfolio
In each of these works, Herb focuses our attention on the individual beauty, delicacy, morphology, and essence of our native wildflowers. And in each, his delight and love shine through. Although he died in September of 2002, he left a lasting legacy in the memories of the thousands of people whose lives he touched.
 
Aster chilensias
Aster chilensias
common California aster
Eriophyllum lanatum
Eriophyllum lanatum
woolly sunflower
Helianthella californica
Helianthella californica
California helianthella
 
 
Cynoglossum grande
Cynoglossum grande
hound's tongue
Silene californica
Silene californica
California Indian pink
Lupinus nanus
Lupinus nanus
Douglas' annual lupine
 
 
Nemophilia menziesii
Nemophilia menziesii
*baby blue-eyes
Iris douglasiana
Iris douglasiana
Douglas' iris
Monardella villosa
Monardella villosa
coyote-mint
 
 
Calochortus albus
Calochortus albus
white globe lily
Calochortus luteus
Calochortus luteus
yellow mariposa lily
Calochortus venustrus
Calochortus venustrus
white mariposa lily
 
 
Fritillaria lanceolata
Fritillaria lanceolata
checker lily
Lilium pardalinum
Lilium pardalinum
leopard / tiger lily
Trillium chloropetalum
Trillium chloropetalum
giant trillium
 
 
Zigadenus fremontii
Zigadenus fremontii
*Fremont's lily
Dodecatheon hendersonii
Dodecatheon hendersonii
mosquito bills
Clarkia purpurea var viminea
Clarkia purpurea var viminea
large godetia
 
 
Clarkia rubicunda
Clarkia rubicunda
farewell-to-spring
Clarkia unguiculata
Clarkia unguiculata
elegant clarkia
Aquilegia formosa
Aquilegia formosa
NW crimson columbine
 
 
Delphinium patens
Delphinium patens
spreading larkspur
Delphinium varigatum
Delphinium varigatum
royal larkspur
Mimulus aurantiacus
Mimulus aurantiacus
sticky monkeyflower
 
 
Mimulus cardinalis
Mimulus cardinalis
scarlet monkeflower
Castilleja affinis
Castilleja affinis
Indian paintbrush
 
 
*Not available in the Herb Dengler Wildflower Print Portfolio. For more information or to order prints, contact Tor Lund, (650) 851-1072 or thelunds@ix.netcom.com.
 

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